Home Plate Update September 2017 - Page 15

CITY COUNCIL PROCLAIMS AUGUST 8, 2017 AS IVÁN “PUDGE” RODRÍGUEZ DAY On Saturday, August 12, 2017, the No. 7 jersey number of Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez was retired at a pre-game ceremony in front of 47,306 people at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Rodríguez is the third Ranger to have his uniform number retired by the club, joining Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan’s #34 in 1996 and former manager Johnny Oates’ #26 in 2005. The former Rangers legend came out to a standing ovation, before settling in next to family and select members of the Rangers Hall of Fame. “It’s amazing,” Rodríguez said. “This is a dream come true just like a dream came true a couple of weeks ago.” At the evening meeting on August 8, 2017, Mayor Jeff Williams and the Arlington City Council declared the day as Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez Day. Mayor Williams and Mayor Pro Tempore Sheri Capehart read the proclamation again in front of Rangers fans at Saturday’s ceremony. After his speech thanking the fans, there was one more standing ovation as Rodríguez rode off the field on the back of a pickup truck, another dream come true moment for the Hall of Famer to experience during his busy summer. 15